Since taking office as president in January, Trump and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions (above), have sought to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities but have suffered setbacks in court
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that its time for the US government to crack down on co-called sanctuary cities for their refusal to comply with federal immigration laws.
'It is a very frustrating situation right now,' Sessions told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Friday, adding that 'it's time for this country to get its head on straight'
'The federal government and President Trump [are] crystal clear: We are doing everything possible to get these cities to reverse these policies.'
In the US and Canada, sanctuary cities limit their cooperation with national governments to enforce immigration laws, reducing the fear of illegal migrants to report crimes, use health and social services, and enroll their children in school.
The sanctuary city issue resurfaced this week after a San Francisco jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 45, of murder and manslaughter charges in connection with the July 1, 2015, death of Kate Steinle.
U.S. prosecutors on Friday sought to arrest illegal immigrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 45, after he was found not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle
President Donald Trump, who had used the Steinle case as a rallying cry against the pro-immigration policies of so-called sanctuary cities during his successful run for the presidency, called the verdict 'disgraceful' on Twitter.
'It's just amazing to me why any city would not want to rid itself of criminals who are also in the country illegally,' Sessions said.
'Why would they want to maintain them in this country when they're committing additional crimes against the peace and dignity of the city?'
Before the shooting, Garcia Zarate, who